Will your MP be the next one to be a Democracy Hero and sign our pledge to bring electoral reform back? Use the box to the right to ask them to sign on now. And check out if your MP is already on the list here.
Leadnow is launching the Democracy Heroes campaign. The ask is simple: we want MPs to sign a pledge that they will work together to put electoral reform back on the table, so we ensure no one wins 100% of the power with just 39% of the vote ever again. Click here to see who's already signed on!
Here’s the pledge:
I agree that every vote should count and that it's wrong for a party to win 100% of the power with less than half of the vote. I am committed to working within my party to put electoral reform back on the table.
If enough MPs, especially Liberal ones, start signing on, Justin Trudeau will either have to put electoral reform back on the table or face a revolt within his own party.
We’re working on a tight timeline, from now until the end of May, when we've heard there could be a key vote on electoral reform in the House of Commons. If it passes it could help build momentum towards bringing electoral reform back. To get enough MPs on board to make an impact during this key moment in May, we’ll need to determine which MPs will stand with us. But MPs won’t sign onto this pledge unless they get serious pressure from their constituents to do so. That’s where you come in.
Will you take the first step and ask your MP to be a Democracy Hero and sign this pledge to bring electoral reform back?
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What is Proportional Representation?
40% of the votes = 100% of the power
If you feel like your vote doesn’t count, you’re not alone. Thanks to our current first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins, even if they have less than 50% of the vote.
Under FPTP, an MP can win their seat with as little as 30% of the popular vote. That means the other 70% of people who voted for other candidates are left unrepresented.
FPTP means there are millions of wasted votes at each and every election. It also means that parties can win a majority of the seats in Parliament without support from a majority of Canadians.
40% of the votes = 40% of the power
Proportional representation (PR) is the principle that all votes should contribute to the result of an election. With PR, the share of seats a party wins would roughly match their share of the popular vote. No more wasted votes. No more false majority governments.
PR would mean fair elections where every vote counts, more diversity in Parliament, and more collaboration between political parties. It’s used by over 90 countries around the world, including places like Germany, New Zealand and Sweden.
The Leadnow community hasn't endorsed a particular type of PR system yet. Two examples of PR systems that are tried and tested in other parts of the world are Mixed-Member Proportional and Single Transferable Vote. Learn more about them here!
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make every vote count.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals made a promise in the 2015 election to make every vote count. Now a special all-party committee has been struck to study voting reform. Over the summer, they’ll be consulting with experts and Canadians, and will make a recommendation on how to fix our broken voting system by December 1st.
But there are some in the parties and media who want to keep our broken, outdated and unfair system. If MPs think we aren’t engaged, we could get stuck with another unfair voting system - or even the status quo. But if we come together and build a movement in support of proportional representation, we can hold Prime Minister Trudeau to his promise.
Click here to learn more about the government's consultation process.
Over the last week and a half, the Leadnow community responded to what the media called a ‘trial balloon’ from the Prime Minister. Both PM Trudeau and Minister Monsef have said that they aren’t sure they’ve heard strongly that Canadians want these changes, and that they won’t move ahead without ‘broad support’.[2-3]
The Leadnow community thinks that the government should stay strongly committed to this promise - and here’s why